Is The Japanese Education System Failing? | ASIAN BOSS


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  1. Asian Boss says:

    To be fair, what was said in this video is relevant to the education system in many other Asian countries. We believe that intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and creativity are super important in today's world but the current system is set up to achieve the exact opposite. Here at Asian Boss, we create content to raise awareness, start a conversation and challenge the status quo. It's up to you to speak up, listen to different opinions and engage in discussions. If you'd like to volunteer as our reporter to cover similar issues in different parts of Asia, get in touch with us at [email protected]

  2. Mercury says:

    I have personally lived in Finland for almost 5 years and i am 15, i went to a normal Finnish school for 3 years before and i really didnt like it at all, now im in a school in which the education is in English, we have tests, homework , etc and its much better. I personally enjoy studying lol.

  3. K M says:

    I don't know this is a toss up. There is a reason why Japan is 3rd largest economy and Finland the ~44 largest. And perhaps its the education. What do I know I'm American.

  4. Oleie says:

    I went o university here a very well known on e, but the quality I can say is extremely low, the students have no interest on learning , you cannot ask question ever to the teacher , some teacher are jerks like robots who just copy and paste every lesson. They consider the teacher here as a supreme been. And those low quality students when started to work they are already brain washed.
    At class or at work you cannot be yourself you need always to adapt with what the others do, happiness mean that you are not working hard. If you are a foreigner you will be forever a foreigner never treated as equal EVER. You need to be an entertainer or always do something to please them or ele they will not get to you. Also if you Didi one mistake once you will pay for it until your grave.

  5. Sonja Niemi says:

    I'm proud that I'm from Finland

  6. Brunch says:

    "Here in Finland, our education system has no grades, tests, report cards, or homework. It is way better than your country's education system even though we've removed any metric with which they could be compared. Look, a graph or something that is definitely true!"

  7. Hylas Maliki says:

    Very interesting to learn more about different cultures especially from those within that culture

  8. 光内雅春 says:


  9. Jordan Sullivan says:

    Here's a question I haven't been able to find any answers to online: how do Finnish students deal with university, since you will have exams, homework, stress, few breaks, etc.?

  10. rbaleksandar says:

    It's the same thing happening in other countries – someone from the government without much understanding of all the facts and structure of the education system in that other country makes a decision "Hey, they seem to do pretty damn well with this other type of education system. Let's do it here too". Then they rip it apart, take important chunks out (example that the guy gave: they removed the Saturday school but didn't bother organizing the children to do something else TOGETHER) and wonder why the change leads to a disaster. Not to mention that one needs to take the huge cultural differences. While in Finland the members of society try to distinguish themselves, Japanese society has more of a hive structure where people don't want to stick out making applying an education system that goes against that rather pointless.

  11. jack johnson says:

    Dude with the deep voice caught me off guard lol

  12. RAGEINYOUTH ً says:

    Finland totally is not the top of the world, those are asian countries, hong kong, singapore, south korea, japan, taiwan

  13. Jaerim Kim says:

    It was stressful for me as well when I studied in Korea. Even though there were less exams than what I have here in the Philippines, it was stressful to go to academy after going to school, I also had to go to academy on vacation times to prepare for the new school semester exam, and the exams itself are stressful because you have the exam paper, but you also have the official exam marker.
    Anyways, I'm happy that I'm back here in tge Philippines. Even though sometimes internet or other services are uncomfortable and long, but I feel it's a better life here than in Korea.
    Fun fact, the place that we live in the Philippines is nicknamed the "California of Asia". So, yes, there are many foreigners not only in that place, but also at school.

  14. Mike Liu says:

    Children have blind faith in those who raise them. "
    Realest shit I've read in a really long time“
    I think the east education and the west education are two extremes.
    East: WORK WORK WORK, I make the rule, u don't question, you obey. Why do we have to do this, don't ask, other people do it, the ones before us do it, so we do it too?
    West: PLAY PLAY PLAY, why do we have to work, why do we have to follow the system, how can make it better, let's just be happy.
    If the east and west can bond, and balance each other, they can make the best system

  15. Alpha Prime says:

    has anyone ever watched Japanese anime ? It should be an indication of Japanese youth.

  16. luffydragneel56 says:

    Yo bro nice video man make moe videos yo you are very good interviewer try to do more videos like this bro

  17. Vurgahl says:

    The American education system is the most appalling, ineffective one I know. Russia beats us, a country being assaulted with sanctions.

  18. Chainreaction says:

    No homework? 20 hours a week? No tests? NO SCORES?!?
    Which alternate universe version of Finland is this?

  19. Alipt Shrivastava says:

    Japanese student : we have a lot of competition and mental pressure.
    Indian student: hold my beer

  20. esonika says:

    I’m here for Kei

  21. Leonel Remille says:

    It may be incredibly frustrating, difficult and square, but trust me Japanese people, your system works…

  22. Lavieenrose says:

    I always tell myself that I won’t pass a test unless I understood the material

  23. John Doe says:

    asian boss:
    you used michael moore video as facts???? LOL moore is a ultra far left propagandist, and nothing he says or video he creates should be taken as fact. Either you are very gullible, stupid or radical extremists. His two main points are there is no testing and no homework in Finland, both of which are NOT TRUE!!!!

    Your credibility is damaged. I see now your videos are not to be taken as the truth.

  24. nash nash says:

    But still our western countries are ahead of this dirty asia

  25. i stan BTS bish says:

    Sa pilipinas talaga napakadaming project assignments Ewan pandagdag lang ng gastos yun sa mga estudyante eh bwiset. 👌
    Share ko lang 😂

  26. evangeline S says:

    Thank you for doing this video. This topic is just so important. Hearing opinions from Japanese people brings just more insight into the education of this advanced and culturally-rich nation.

  27. J Shu says:

    I’m Chinese and I feel that most of east Asia have the same education system

  28. Мария Колос says:

    Unfortunately, that exactly what happening with education system in my country (Russia) lately. Because of recent system of exams, scholars have to memorize a lot of information that they will definitely forget just after leaving the exam room. If you didn't pass the exam – you can't go to ANY university and have to wait one more year for new exam. But, at the same time we haven't any school activity so children even can't to work with their stress there.

  29. Peter Garcia says:

    try harder…thats what your parents are saying

  30. Life is Good says:

    I’m going to Finland for college

  31. actual trash says:

    Recently moved to japan, never been more stressed about school, homework, and grades in my entire life.

  32. kalyana ram says:

    Indian education system is also the same..

  33. Monsuco says:

    I dunno if Finland's system is all it's cracked up to be. Finland took a tumble in their more recent PISA test results and didn't fair nearly as well as they did when Moore was touting their system. Currently Singapore dominates in all PISA subjects. While results vary by subject, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong were all in the top finishing countries. I think people like Michael Moore were eager to laud Finland's system when they were on top and quickly called for America to emulate Finnish practices. There's not a snowball's chance in hell that American parents will tolerate an attempt to emulate the Singaporean or Japanese school system now that Finland's scores are down.

  34. Insomniawaken says:

    I'm already triggered by the video you showed to the Japanese. It really lacks correct information.

  35. meechie B says:

    yeah rite! why don't you ask the young men about their moms smashing on them to keep them focused and not be distracted by girls at school? These were Japanese government studies so…

  36. San Arturo says:

    what is made in Finland?

  37. rani khrisna says:

    I don't know about other asian country. but in my country, parents tend to push their children to be something that the parent failed to reach when they were young. for example, parent wanted to be an artist but failed. so they push their children to be an artist. having their children music or singing lecture, competition etc just to make the parent proud. even the children didn't want to do it. end up hating the music or the parents, and the worst, mental disorder.

  38. PHONE CALL says:

    Come to India and you will what education system is like.

  39. nadia2883 says:

    you should do same interview with older generation to hear their opinions

  40. vipul bansal says:

    I got 79% in 10th standard and my parents were so happy, i am from India

  41. fel says:

    Well I live in France and there in middle school we finish at 17h (5pm) and in highschool at 6pm. Not every day, but it's possible. Plus the transports, plus activities (sport, music..), plus homework, exams etc. It really is an exhausting schoollife, to me at least, so I can relate with this video. Moreover, teachers can be really mean.. Like, I was traumatized in middle school by the languages and math teachers. I was really timid and stressed and the english/spanish teachers always liked to tell me "speak louder !! Why do your face turns red?? Go to the board so that everyone can see how stressed you are and how bad you do!" (Those are real thing they'd say to me..). One time, I was like 13, I peed on myself because the math teacher, really severe, was yelling on me, so I started balbutiating, which was infuriating all of those teachers, i felt so much fear that I had to pee and i couldn't control my body…. I knew so many humilations really 😔
    I always had a fear of teacher, bc when I entered primary school, i had a physical abusive teacher that once gave a child, who did bad at a test, his own test to eat it (yes the sheet).
    It was still early 2000s at this time, now if a teacher'd do that he would be expelled inmediately though
    But well, it's still really traumatazing.
    You can feel free to share your own school life experience 🙂
    In my case, it's what we can call the "school of life" that taught me a lot of things !

  42. ER EntertaiN says:

    human brain has a 3 brains , reptile , mamalia , and human brain / cortex , train according to order, dont jump it …

  43. Afiqah Chua says:

    I think my schooling days were the happiest days in my life. My parents never believe in cram schools or extra classes, so I spent most of my after school hours reading light children/teenage novels and doing homework (in Malaysia, school usually starts at 7.30 am until 1.30 pm with 30-45 minutes break around 10 am. Our minimum schooling days is 190 days per year).

    I was fortunate enough to experience Japanese education system as an exchange student for a short time. I saw many of my Japanese classmates fell asleep during classes and I didn’t know why they do that at that time (until I heard the horror story of cram schools, of course. Weird enough, Japanese teachers never scolded them for sleeping in class, unlike in Malaysia).

    I was never a brilliant student to be honest but I think I did just fine (my younger siblings are better than me). I now own two small businesses and pretty much happy with my life. Most of my schoolmates are quite successful too – majority of them are now doctors.

  44. rbaleksandar says:

    Japanese society has a hive mentality, well Western societies in general are more individual- oriented.

  45. Kianglek Tan says:

    It'll stop failing if education is more about critical thinking and less about memorisation

    It always has to be a mix, but the thinking part has to be more

  46. Sucharita Deb says:


  47. Bruce Wayne says:

    That's why socialist countries have no high tech companies because they don't have the high education for it. You can't learn math without practice, which translate to homework.

  48. Robert Jif says:

    The downside of this kind of education is some of the smart student became antisocial, and not ready for work.
    I have seen a lot of really smart student who don't know how to express themself.

  49. Kalupz says:

    There is definitely something western schools can learn about Japanese education/society as well, like more self responsibility, consequences, cleaning up after yourself and respect your elders.

  50. s A says:

    One thing unbelievable about Japanese education system is that they don't have accounting in economics.

  51. Blank says:

    second to last guy hit me in the feels

  52. LifeInJP says:

    I hated school so much there. It was not even funnnnnnnny…..I hated it so much

  53. Age Of DragonZ says:

    This is rigorous?
    Come to India, and compete to get in an IIT, then… You will know

  54. MoonBow De Geso says:

    My mom often said like "If the subject was so easy, you must only get the full score." Since then I never got full score on any tests and I thought every subject was difficult for me. It stigmatizes me that everything is hard and tough because I cannot perfect any of them.

  55. Ivan says:

    With the wave of automation, people will have no choice but to take this issue seriously

  56. teto poteto says:

    I'm a high school student from Japan. Japan's method of education requires students studying a lot of things that are very hard for them. But I think, through studying hard, they learn importance of long-term effort and gain a capasity for endurance that is needed in their life.  
    What do you think ?

  57. Email Spam' says:

    we supposed not to tell use sharp pen becoz some tragic happens. like children stab their friend with sharp pen
    if that was explain. it will give the children idea to stab their friend

  58. Morsure fatale says:

    finland has the best education in the world???? WHAT A JOKE



  59. fij 01i says:

    Finland system = for lazy people and self-centered
    Japan system = for diligent people and mass-centered

  60. lostjustice says:

    I wonder how many of these were staged or out right lying in front of the camera? How can we prove what they are saying is true as in spending 9 hours of studying including school? Japan is about image and these people are trained to make Japan good in front of the international stage. We should take what all of these people said with a grain of salt. I have taught in Japan at public schools and even though they are done with their recess you still see them fooling around in class before the teacher arrives and even some they keep on doing it until the teacher says something.

  61. ajey kulkarni says:

    Please do a video on indian school system.

  62. Game Xiaoyao says:

    Japanese never learn the true history about WWII and what they did to China and Korea!

  63. Buddha Yang says:

    I think this will never change, the education system is what best fits in the culture of the country. Asian kids here in Brazil have a fame of being hard working and good at school. Asian families tend to choose schools based on rate of students who get admitted in the best universities of the country. I have friends who studied in those kind of schools, they are very similar in methodologhy to japaneses schools.

  64. Cloudia :3 says:

    1:14 my old teacher

  65. Snow Panda says:

    3:10 I think it is Turkey.

  66. yensama says:

    Most Asian countries are like this, but what's shocking about Japan is the fact that they are one of the most developed country in the world but still use this education system.

  67. hehe he says:

    看来中国的情况要比日本好一些。It looks China childs will releax than Japanese.

  68. Thomas Espiña says:

    In my family if you get honors you will be the favorite child and likely to be more attended to as the youngest i grew up being compared to my sibling's or other kid's who has more honors saying you should be like that or why don't you take youre studies seriously and there was a time when my mother said ive wasted time money on you

  69. Taegers Inc. says:

    This is BS, the Japanese Educational system is still far better than Finland's according to PISA. The statistics do not lie.

  70. 21minute says:

    Speaking of which, do other countries organize class sections in a certain order? Here, there's first section (top students and honors) and last section (students with lowest grades) and they're based on grades from the previous school year. So it's basically a ranking. I'm usually in the second to the last or middle sections. Lol

  71. Bexy R says:

    Just the simple fact that they must to go to a prep school after the actual school to have a chance to get in an other grade (middle school, high school, university) shows that the system is failing. A critical learning, to think with your mind, to have an opinion, to discuss, it's very important, especially in high school. Even a parrot can repeat by memory

  72. Bexy R says:

    Just the simple fact that they must to go to a prep school after the actual school to have a chance to get in an other grade (middle school, high school, university) shows that the system is failing. A critical learning, to think with your mind, to have an opinion, to discuss, it's very important, especially in high school. Even a parrot can repeat by memory


    I think the problem lies in the fact that most people can't differentiate between what learning and studying is.

    You learn for yourself.

    You study for something (test, quiz etc.)

  74. Mc Benji says:

    Ok im going to Finland

  75. Aj26 Balais says:

    Is that GABBEN?
    owner of valve corp.

  76. Tomioka Project says:

    These are really outstanding well spoken liberal thinking Japanese, not representative of everyday Japanese people I think. So nice to hear well thought out, sensitive answers. There is hope. Thanks for these thought provoking interviews.

  77. Qi Lin says:

    2:06 is such a good example of Asian school system. What's crazy is like, if a rule has a reason, fine, but everyone should be able to answer why that rule exists. And if it's an outrageous rule, there should be a means to get rules changed like a suggestion box or a committee to oversee these things. When upper management changes rules without representation from students/teachers in the classroom, it leads to even stranger rules that either don't address the problem or further exacerbate it.

  78. sp cb says:

    every student crams before tests in every country. nothing special

  79. Gayle says:

    This is kinda sad to watch.

  80. K Vogel says:

    Michael Moore has made "documentaries" claiming that all Cubans get great free health care, and he still praises Venezuela's system, so you might want to take anything he says with a grain of salt.

  81. w87g8765 says:

    Japanese student's life in a nutshell: Got super power someday with hot chicks and go on save the world

  82. Debojit Bhattacharjee says:

    Japan and India have something in common about their education system. I loved the Finnish school system. In highschool I have to attend classes of 7 hours then we had to attend tuition classes everyday for 2 more hours. Then the burden of homework's and assignments.
    The thing gets more tough when we reach 11th and 12th standard. I don't think we got enough time in our 11th and 12th standard's. Schools were probably of 8 hours, then tutions of 2 hours everyday. Then comes coaching for engineering entrance examination. Along with that writing laboratory assignments and homeworks were terrible. Obsession for getting good grades is quite common, as it decides your entry in a decent college.
    India should atleast learn something from Education system of Finland. They develop critical thinking in students. And our education system is busy producing white collar labourers.

  83. rh001YT says:

    To pursue a STEM career the student must do a lot of memorization cuz the body of existing knowledge is huge. It makes no sense for a student to start over as if the body of knowledge was like that in 1700. Many solutions to difficult problems in physics and engineering required many brilliant minds and decades of work….why re-invent the wheel?

    Japan and S. Korea each have a much bigger share of the global economy – truly stellar performances – but Finland…not so much.

    If one wants to look at creativity….well, it was Sony that came up with Playstation, and of course there is Nintendo. From Japan we also get anime and manga. Going back further Sony gave the world the Beta video tape format….better than USA created VHS. And so much more, including a lot of top notch automobile companies. Not much from Finland.

    From Korea Samsung created the Android phone market (though I think the initial design was from USA). S. Korea is an industrial powerhouse with Samsung, LG and others making all sorts of things sold globally. Korean architect/engineers are famous for many of their impressive skyscrapers not just in Korea but built in other nations as well. Finland…not so much.

    India is a place where students have to memorize, memorize, memorize and take tests, tests, tests. One result of that is huge global employment of Indian IT engineers. India also has a huge satelite launch business with a near perfect track record….also a space program, as well as a nicely developing military weopons sector producing some really impressive hardware. Indian economy is growing really fast.

    Singapore….memorize, test, memorize, test. Result is, per capita, the most successful economy in world history by far….all without any natural resources, though a good location for a port….but it is a service port mostly and not an beginning or final destination. Finland…not so much.

  84. KiD says:

    That no homework part probably hit the hardest to these japanese ppl
    Cus the amount of homework everyday is crazy…. plus before summer and winter break stars they gonna hand u a hell lot of homeworks to do
    Well for me since im a foreign student i only got 2 books(68pages each), one folder with around 50-60 pages and a little bit pages of workbook(english)
    And since my classmates r japanese(obviously) they got more homeworks to do and theirs r harder lol

  85. Daniel Park says:

    I lived in South Korea and in general most Koreans can speak English. Thank you to the hagwon system.When I visited Fukuoka, Japan back in 2005 most cannot speak English. Some do. It really depends on theschool or something. Dave's ESL show a lot on the job billboard. It tells you everything.

  86. Muriel Wicki says:

    random girl at 2:22 carrying a sword

  87. BOSSE Channel says:

    Japanese Educational System is failing.
    then Indonesian Educational System is total failure.

  88. SylkaChan says:

    Asians are known to be hardcore about going to school and respecting their responsibility to go to school, and they work hard to succeed at it.

  89. Goktimus Prime says:

    I think one thing that the Japanese education system needs to change is to shift away from the obsolete teacher-centred learning model towards student-centred learning. AFAIK Japan operates under the old model that a teacher is a font of all knowledge and students are expected to passively absorb that teacher's knowledge. Modern teaching sees the teacher more as a director of learning.

    Students should be doing more work than teachers in the classroom, after all, it's the students who are meant to be doing the learning. The teacher is there as a guide rather than a repository of knowledge. Simply feeding information to students isn't as effective in teaching as guiding students to discover that knowledge for themselves.

  90. Kevin Waters says:

    If you listen to Michael Moorer shows , you suffer from a poor education , demonstrably.

  91. PhantomXeropless says:

    How many of Japanese can't speak English….

  92. G Ang says:

    and we get the
    kyoAni burners ….. looks like Anno was right in Eva …. the end of alll evolution is Death. its the end.

  93. xenapior says:

    The decisive difference – population density.

  94. Serena T says:

    Maybe if the pressure to achieve isn't so great or the pressure in school isn't So sever there would not be so many Japanese young people withdrawing in to themselves.

    School years are the age where they should learn and develop social skills and help build mental health. But when you are severely pressure to focus on marks than on developing social interaction and skills it causes mental damage later

  95. PainuFull says:

    Im from Finland and we do get homework

  96. UwU hi says:

    Everyone thinks Finnish schools don't get homework…..

    I'm sorry to break it to you but we do get homework, but not a lot. The teacher asks us how much homework we've got and if we've got a lot then we don't get homework from that class. :>

  97. Daniel Kang says:

    Japan as a country is far superior to Finland in every way including economy and science. Finnish education works for the Finnish because they don’t strive to be the best in the world. The Japanese are proud and hard working people.

  98. Jowairiya Arabian says:

    Can we talk about how breath taking KEI is 🙊

  99. Kenan Hadziedhemovic says:

    If I'm in Japan i would kill my self because of school and pressure

  100. Alicja Wojcik says:

    Wait.. school on Saturday used to be a thing?!😲

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